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Gina Lollobrigida

When Americans got their first look at "La Lollo" in the late 1940s, she was proclaimed the best thing to come from Italy since spaghetti. She held that distinction until being eclipsed by Sophia Loren (a younger bombshell and better actress) in the late 1950s. Lollobrigida, a graduate of the Rome Academy of Fine Arts well versed in painting and sculpture, never became a professional artist but, instead, inspired artists-first as a model, then as a muchphotographed beauty-contest winner. Within a few years of her film debut in Aquila Nera (1946) the earthy, voluptuous Lollobrigida had become one of the Italian film industry's top stars. Originally slated for an American film debut in 1949, she lost the opportunity due to a contract foul-up with Howard Hughes. Ironically, her first "Hollywood" film was John Huston's Beat the Devil (1954), which was largely shot in Italy. When she finally got to Hollywood, she was seen as just another
sex symbol, and she was shunted from one witless picture to another. Lollobrigida returned to Europe, and retired from the screen in the early 1970s to market cosmetics and fashions. She also put some of her artistic training to use as a professional photographer. She made a couple of appearances in European-made TV dramas in the mid 1980s, still looking beautiful.

Filmografia

XXL (1997)
Belmondo, le magnifique (1996) (TV)
Les Cent et une nuits (1995)
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones (1988) (V)
Deceptions (1985) (TV)
"Falcon Crest" (1981)
"Obraz uz obraz" (1972) (mini)
King, Queen, Knave (1972)
Peccato mortale (1972)
Le avventure di Pinocchio (1972)
Bad Man's River (1972)
Un bellissimo novembre (1968)
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968)
Stuntman (1968)
The private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)
La morte ha fatto l'uovo (1967)
Cervantes (1966)
Le piacevoli notti (1966)
Sultans, Les (1966)
Hotel Paradiso (1966)
Io, io, io... e gli altri (1965)
Le bambole (1965)
Strange Bedfellows (1964)
Woman of Straw (1964)
Mare matto (1963))
Venere imperiale (1963)
La bellezza di Ippolita (1962)
Lykke og krone (1962)
Come September (1961)
Go Naked in the World (1961)
Never So Few (1959)
Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Anna di Brooklyn (1958)
La legge (1958)
Portrait of Gina (1958) (TV)
Notre Dame de Paris (1956)
Trapeze (1956)
La donna più bella del mondo (1955)
Un giorno in pretura (1954)
Pane, amore e gelosia (1954)
La romana (1954)
Le grand jeu (1954)
Le infedeli (1953)
Il maestro di Don Giovanni (1953)
Pane, amore e fantasia (1953)
La provinciale (1953)
Beat the Devil (1953)
Altri tempi (1952)
Moglie per una notte (1952)
Les belles de nuit (1952)
Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)
Amor non ho... però... però (1951)
La città si difende (1951)
Enrico Caruso: leggenda di una voce (1951)
Tale of Five Cities, A (1951)
Achtung! Banditi! (1951)
Alina (1950)
Campane a martello (1950)
Miss Italia (1950)
Vita da cani (1950)
Cuori senza frontiere (1949)
La sposa non puo attendere (1949)
Follie per l'opera (1948)
Il delitto di Giovanni Episcopo (1947)
Pagliacci (1947)
Il segreto di Don Giovanni (1947)
A Man About the House (1947)
Aquila nera (1946)
L'Elisir d'amore (1946)
Lucia di Lammermoor (1946)